Maura, Jack and Michael in the late afternoon.
Took this the Saturday after Thanksgiving when the grandkids and I visited Aunt Mary in NYC. It was a wonderful piece of playground equipment, made in Germany.
Women’s March January 21, 2017 Bronze statue of former mayor Richard S. Caliguiri looks out onto the Pittsburgh March
“This is what democracy looks like”
“Human rights are nonpartisan”
My friends Ann in Pittsburgh and Joanne in Florida texted and emailed and we knit and knit and shipped hats to various friends and relatives around the USA
How many hats can you knit from a big ball of yarn
And from Colleen from Nova Scotia in Solidarity
Hats by Ann went to Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Colorado and Washington DC
Hats by Joanne went to Florida,Iowa and Texas
My friends Eileen and Linda (midwife who delivered my son Mark almost 41 years ago was knitting in Boston Massachusetts for their march to DC
Eileen knitting -Linda in her knitted hat ready for Washington DC
Hats sent to my teacher friend Jenn and her daughter Wylie by hat maker Kit Wojcik
Sign makers at the City County Building
Sign by Jen second from the left
Nia on the left in charge of technology for the event Ann and Ann on the right
From my blogging friend Stef- on her way to march in Minnesota- Her hat is crocheted
Below- March in Colorado contributed by Deb Beozzo and her daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Sean
Here is an excerpt from a poem titled Knitting Activist my friend Roberta wrote about me
Over under the country unraveling
the old anxiety returning,
she sits and knits
pussy hats for a new generation of women on the march.
A sister, a daughter, some fortunate friends
take this gift handed down from grandmothers
and try to rebind the frayed threads of the republic,
arms linked over under.
Along with these daughters and mothers she has clad,
she rises and knits her way to mindful spirited communion.
Roberta (in pink hat) sent this image from Washington march
It was Margie over at Fueled by Chocolate blog who alerted me to the two possibilities of spelling and inspired the title of this post and Jeff Golenski at WordPress challenged bloggers to post a photo illustrating ambience.
And then my neighbor, Joaquin, is always encouraging me to make photographs with the things I have in my home. I took his advice tonight and thought I might do a whole series of ambience/ambiance- creating still lifes to lift my spirits.
I definitely lifted my mood by creating this little scene. My original intent was to show the tulips in the hammered aluminum pitcher but since I have been knitting all week I went to my living room bookshelf and found the rabbit figurines waiting to be photographed. Oh and I pulled out the good camera instead of the phone today. It’s that wonderful Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens that allowed me to take the shot with scant light.
“Ambience is the atmosphere of one’s surrounding environment. It basically boils down to how one’s surroundings impact the human senses and alter the feelings of an individual. Things like light, temperature, smell, sound, and sometimes taste, all work together to create ambience. The term ambience usually refers to a positive atmosphere that uplifts a person’s mood. As an example, one might say, “Wow, this place has real ambience!”
*Plan for the New Year 2017– contact friends you haven’t seen in awhile and make time to get together
I met two friends/former colleagues from Greenfield School Tuesday evening.
The first photo is my view as I waited for them to park after battling rush hour.
Forrest was our attentive and knowledgeable waiter who guided us in our selections.
The appetizers and the BYOB bottle of dry red wine that Lara and Joz brought to share
Cappuccino Gelato Panna Cotta and a wild brownie with Cayenne Pepper in it- zing!
Thanks Joz for taking our photo with the nice young man Jeffrey who brought out the Greenfield Shirt I’d left on my chair in the restaurant.
Turns out the he was our former student at Greenfield School in 1997
(cool that he could still recognize us)
I taught him art and Ms Evans was his third grade teacher.
from the Art Room photo archives
A short clip of the rising river at Neville Island. Ignore the conversation
was trying to catch a tire floating by.
….at least the Zamboni part.
Frank Zamboni introduced the ice resurfacing machine in 1949.
The weekly photo challenge is names
Anyone who watches hockey has heard of the name Zamboni. I just like the sound of it. Who wouldn’t love to drive one around the ice?
Ice Rink in New York City.